OFFICE CLOSING: City Hall will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, October 11, 2021.  

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Memo from the Mayor

Congratulations to Joyce Lewis and the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri for raising enough money to place a Blue and Gold Star Memorial and selecting Bowling Green to plant these markers. The Clarksville Branch chose the Bowling Green Visitor’s and Tourism Bureau location for these honorable memorials. The Visitor’s Bureau Board voted to receive this Memorial and place it at the entrance to the Visitors’ Center. The Blue Star Memorial pays respect to those who have fallen in battle from all United States Armed Forces. The Gold Star Memorial recognizes family members of fallen Armed Forces. Bowling Green is honored to be selected as the site for these cherished memorials.

Our city was fortunate to receive a MFA Oil Foundation grant for the new Barb Allison Park. In the process of following up, the MFA Oil Foundation would like to do a documentary on the playground itself, the historical Square and Courthouse, the Honey Shuck Champ Clark house, and the Basey Cabin. They are coming to video on the evening of October 14 and into October 15. If you and/or your family would like to be a part of this Bowling Green documentary, please show up around the Courthouse and certainly at the Barb Allison playground with your children. This should be a great way to promote our fine town and increase tourism.

“Follow the science” is being thrown around inconsistently lately but several studies from science indicates that play generates “inquiry and develops problem-solving.” Play is not just for children according to the surveys, but young adults through senior adults as well. Play for all ages fosters and supports community empowerment. This means play engages citizens to not only play but to even observe children and adults playing. Therefore, Bowling Green needs more places to PLAY!

While I’m writing about play, I have posted a Survey Monkey for the City of Bowling Green through Face Book. The survey involves the usage of our city’s swimming pool. Our pool is over 31 years old and is in poor condition and there is concern about re-opening it for the 2022 swim season. If you would, please, go to FB and participate in the “Survey Monkey” survey. There are only 10 simple questions and takes little time. Thank you!

I would like to recognize Samantha Scott, a senior at Bowling Green High School, for her initiative in starting a new club called Future Government Leaders of America. At a time when few young people are registering and voting at the polls for every level of government, Samantha is taking the lead in trying to motivate her generation to get plugged and politically involved in the welfare of all aspects government and our Country! She can be contacted and encouraged at: futuregovernmentleaders@gmail.com.

If you would like to be involved in the 2023 Bicentennial, please send me a message at jarico@bowlinggreen-mo.gov or call me at 314-941-2277. We are still looking for volunteers for Adopt-a-Project in Bowling Green and participation in the Diversity Coalition.

I am continuing to be questioned about a WELCOME TO BOWLING GREEN sign located at the south entrance ramp on US Highway 61. If you would like to contribute any amount, please drop off at City Hall when you pay your trash, sewer, and water bill. Or just come visit and bring money!

Thanks to all who attended the Prometheus Concert in the Park. It was a very entertaining and unique experience and I hope to have more in 2022.

“Yes,” the 2022 budget is completed and “Yes” we have a new Chief of Police. More to come on this decision.

OPPORTUNITY IS MISSED BY MOST PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS DRESSED IN OVERALLS AND LOOKS LIKE WORK. (Thomas Edison)